and let me just add, it's not you, it's me. you've been fabulous: finally giving me all the feedback i have been wanting and crying for for years, new people popping in to say hello (sweet lord, new people, i am profoundly sorry for the lack of interesting content; may i suggest 2007? i think i was entertaining back then, although i could be wrong), regulars becoming friends, the interwebs spinning their magical thread of international communication...etc. etc.
so, have yourselves a merry little nondenominational winter holiday of your choice, enjoy your feasts and family time, have a drink or three, sing some festive songs and i shall see you here in the new year.
p.s. here's my loophole - if i am hit by sudden inspiration, i will write, although it seems unlikely. but seriously: try 2008. i think that was a decent vintage as well. i might as well warn you - if you hit the years i was living up north, there will be even more drinking and swearing than usual. and lots and lots of bitterness.